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We're all going on a summer holiday (all year round): overcoming the ups and downs of seasonality

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At this time of year, hospitality businesses are at full stretch, hosting holiday makers enjoying the British summer and making sure we are all having memorable holidays. But like other sectors, their trade is subject to seasonal peaks and troughs. …

How retail and hospitality employers are facing the National Living Wage

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I recently had the opportunity to chair a panel session at the ‘Better jobs better business’ conference in Leeds with employers and key players that UKCES is working with to explore ways of improving low paid jobs in the retail …

Five tips to improve management and leadership in your busy business

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Having worked in the legal profession in both the private and public sector for over 30 years, starting as a solicitor, then partner, manager and now a director, I truly understand the necessity of strong management and leadership in any …

Going from ‘Good to Gold’ in management and leadership for supply chains

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Robert Woodhead Ltd has been working in the construction sector for 70 years, always family run, and always holding true to the values that have helped us grow to where we are now. From small beginnings, we've created a multi-million-pound …

Guest post: Faster, leaner, greener construction through offsite manufacturing skills

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Rob Francis is Director of Innovation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK. The joint government and industry Construction 2025 strategy outlines some very ambitious targets for the sector. Over the next decade, we need to reduce costs by a third, …

Small business leadership: From exasperation to doubling revenue

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The UK Futures Programme is a series of productivity challenges that target specific workforce development problems. The challenges trial innovative ideas with industry to test what works in addressing current or anticipated workforce development problems identified by UKCES research. The …